By Glenn Guilbeau / GANNETT LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE - The quarterback battle between sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris provided some impressive plays during a 100-play scrimmage on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
“I think we probably threw it for just under 300 yards with some real nice, deep throws,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “I think we had two big passes.”
When asked which quarterbacks went deep, Miles said, “Both. Both of them (Jennings and Harris) were sharp. The passing was very sharp today. We dropped a couple balls, but the balls were right on the money. And we caught a lot of balls.”
When asked about No. 3 quarterback Hayden Rettig, Miles said, “Hayden throws a really nice ball. He is in position to contribute and compete. Where it all ends up will be after spring.”
SCRIMMAGE OVERVIEW: Miles reviewed the closed scrimmage.
“Improvement in assignment. Improvement in snap, cadence, function,” he said. “Much more competitive go on offense and defense. Threw the ball well, rushed the ball well at times. We really defended well. Had some missed tackles that extended drives that extended gains. Special teams made improvement. Really a pretty strong event. I think our team’s in position now to make some real strides and work towards being a very, very good team. I like how the offensive line performed. I like how the defensive line performed. Felt like there’s a lot of competition there.”
MAGEE, HILLIARD THRIVING: Veteran tailbacks Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard have been getting most of the carries for the first time in their careers as before this spring they were mainly backups.
“Both guys have really improved with the focus on them,” Miles said. “Both had really nice runs today. I think Magee is going to have a great fall, and I think Kenny Hilliard is going to have a great fall. It looks to me that Kenny has lost a little bit of weight and is a little bit quicker than he’s been.”
Magee sprained his ankle in the scrimmage but walked off on it, Miles said.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re putting ourselves in position to have a physical, deceptive, quality football team. Did I say deceptive? Yeah. Deceptive speed, deceptive in design of offensive play.”
… LSU coach Les Miles